Education

DPS school board race fundraising: Who's getting big bucks from Phil Anschutz?

Like much of the rhetoric surrounding next month's Denver Public Schools school board election, the nine candidates are roughly split when it comes to who's funding their campaigns. The four so-called reform candidates have received big checks from Phil Anschutz, Daniel Ritchie and DaVita CEO Kent Thiry and his wife. Former lieutenant governor Barbara O'Brien leads the pack, having raised $173,324.

The non-reformers have gotten a mix of monetary and non-monetary support from the teachers' union.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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